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Rochdale local government electoral ward boundary review

About the local government electoral ward boundary review

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has completed a review of  the electoral ward boundaries across the borough of Rochdale. This review took place between March 2020-April 2021.

We currently have 20 wards across the borough of Rochdale, each represented by 3 councillors.

Rochdale was part of the review of all 10 authorities in Greater Manchester.

Final recommendations' on the new electoral arrangements

Why was an electoral ward boundary review taking place?

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is an independent body. They conduct a rolling programme of electoral reviews across the country.

The 2 main benefits of an electoral review are to provide for 'electoral equality':

  • Fair representation of all electors in a council's area
  • Equal access of elected councillors to their electorate.

This means each councillor should represent approximately the same number of electors in each ward.

What is included in an electoral ward boundary review?

Reviews look at whether the boundaries of wards or divisions within the local authority need to be changed. This is to ensure effective local government and electoral equality.

Reviews include:

  • The total number of councillors elected to the local authority.
  • The number of boundaries and wards.
  • The number of councillors for any ward.
  • The name of any ward.

Ward boundaries may change resulting in changes to who the electorate can vote for in some areas. The number of councillors may also change within a local authority. View your local councillor alphabetically, by ward and more.

An electoral review does not affect house values, council tax, stamp duty, insurance premiums, postcodes, school catchment areas or access to hospitals.

What was the timetable of the review?

We've agreed the following outline timetable with the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE):

  • March 2020: council sizing report submitted to full council for approval.
  • April 2020: if approved, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) responds to the sizing report.
  •  June 2020-August 2020: first public consultation on warding patterns, asking where people think the boundaries should be.
  • September 2020: final council report submitted to the Boundary Commission.
  • December 2020 - February 2021: 2nd public consultation on the LGBCE's recommendations.
  • May 2021: final decision on the ward and councillors numbers across the borough made by the Boundary Commission.
  • May 2022: all-out council elections.

Parliamentary boundary reviews

Parliamentary boundary reviews are carried out by the Boundary Commission for England.

The local government ward boundary review is carried out by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.

Did you know that Parliamentary constituencies are set to change?

The independent Boundary Commission for England (BCE) is drawing the map of constituencies in England and needs your help to shape their final recommendations, ensuring they take into consideration local knowledge and views.

Have your say

The public consultation closed on Monday, 2 August 2021. The initial proposals for constituencies are still available to view at the link below. There will be a further opportunity to give us your views in early 2022 during the secondary consultation.

The Boundary Commission for England held an 8-week consultation, allowing you to share your knowledge about your local area. You can view what your constituencies might look like and were able to give your views on the proposals. The commission considers every piece of feedback that it receives, whether that is about where the constituency boundaries should be or the name of the constituency. It's easy to get involved.

View interactive maps showing the proposed changes



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Elections Team
Governance and Committee Services
Floor 2
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU​​